※Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. Kindly follow the instructions of the NTT staff.
※Suggested for ages 9+
And this Birth is a nice surprise, sweet and fragile, poetic and refreshing.－Philippe Foulquié, Director of the Theatre Massalia
A boy, traumatized after witnessing the death of his parents, won’t talk or eat. His grandfather is worried and does not know what to do. The boy crawls into a world of fantasy where he comes across friends and people he misses, as well as scary things. He doesn’t want to face reality, but he can’t escape it forever.
Flying Group Theatre, which specializes in puppetry, collaborates with Larry Reed, a trailblazer in the contemporary shadow theatre field, to create this warm and moving production that incorporates shadow theater and black light techniques, as well as table-top puppets, masked puppets and live actors.
Illustration and Music Design
Flying Group Theatre
The Flying Group Theatre was established in May 2004. In its early years, puppetry was its main focus with many of its works nominated for the Taishin Arts Award. This group has performed in Taiwan, Beijing, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, Spain and Japan. Its more recent productions integrate art forms, are intimate in scale and challenge the traditionally accepted distance between performer and spectator. In 2010, it organized the first CLOSE TO YOU International Puppet Festival for small scale puppet performances in non-traditional spaces. This year marks this festival’s seventh edition. From 2011 to 2013, the Flying Group Theatre collaborated with L'est et l'Ouest of France on a trilogy entitled A Sleep and a Forgetting.
Director / SHIH Pei-yu
Shadowlight Director / Larry Reed
Illustration and Music Design / HSU Hsiang-hao
Producer / CHUANG Wan-ping
Dramaturgy / FU Yu-hui
Text / LIN Tang-yu
Cast / YU Ming-chu, KAO Yu-yi, CHIU Mi-chen, HSU Nai-hsin, LIU Hsiang, LIU Yu-jane
Lighting Design / WANG Tien-hung
Set Design / HUANG Lien-chi
Motion Design / YANG Nai-hsuan, CHEN Yi-en
Puppet Design / WEN Szu-ni
Stage Management / LIN Chien
Executive Producer / Cordelia YANG
Marketing / LU Chung-wei
Rehearsal Assistant / LU Chi-rung
Puppet Maker’s Assistant / HSU Nai-hsin
Administrative Assistant / HSU Zi-jia
Graphic Design / HSIAO Yang-hsi
Co-Production / Cloud Gate Theater
San Francisco-based Larry Reed is a lighting master and a pioneer in contemporary shadow theater. He invented a shadow casting method, integrating shadow theater techniques with film, modern theater and dance styles, and developed shadow theater masks and hand-held lighting equipment to enable live actors to interact with shadow puppets and to fade in and fade out. Reed has long looked for ways to nurture shadow theater traditions and is one of the first Westerners to have trained in Balinese shadow theater.
SHIH Pei-yu is the founder and executive director of Flying Group Theatre. She specializes in puppet theater scriptwriting and direction. She also designs and produces puppets. Her long list of collaborative partners includes Taiwan-based performing arts groups Puppet & Its Double Theater, Theatre de la Sardine, Riverbed Theatre, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group, Shiny Shoes Children’s Theater, Academy of Taiwan Strings and National Symphony Orchestra. Her contemporary puppet theater productions have been performed at arts festivals in Taiwan and internationally and she has been nominated for a Taishin Arts Award.
HSU Hsiang-hao has worked in domestic theater, dance and music design and creation since 2001, blending a diversity of musical elements and styles. He has collaborated with various performing arts groups including Critical Point Theatre, Creative Society, Puppet & Its Double Theater and Dance Forum Taipei. HSU’s talent has been recognized with a Taishin Arts Award.